Our hope is that our attempt at articulating a shared national SDGI Agenda will help lead to greater convergence, collaboration, and coordination between a broad spectrum of actors.
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LEADING DUTCH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS EMBRACE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS & PRESENT REPORT TO MINISTER PLOUMEN AND FRANK ELDERSON (DNB)
Amsterdam, 7 December 2016
Today, 18 Dutch financial institutions present their report ‘Building Highways to SDG Investing’ to Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)’s conference in front of over 700 investors. It is a global first that national pension funds, insurance firms, and banks come together and commit to a shared SDG investment agenda.
Last year, the UN set out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, a set of 17 highly ambitious goals relating to climate, poverty, health care, education, and other challenges. Institutional and private investment capital is critically needed to help finance the $5-7 trillion that is needed each year to finance the 2030 Agenda.
The consortium believes that it is not only of societal importance, but also in the interest of their investors and business relations, to consider the largest social and environmental challenges of our time in their work and investments. In their report ‘Building Highways to SDG Investing’, its signatories recommend priorities for maximizing ‘SDG investing’ (SDGI) – at home as well as abroad.
The SDGI agenda is a result of a six-month consultation process with more than 70 fellow investors, government representatives, and expert practitioners. In their report the signatories offer concrete ways in which to accelerate and scale investing in the SDGs. Further conversations will take place over the course of December, including a cross-sectoral stakeholder consultation at the Dutch Central Bank on the 14th of December.